HyGear has announced the inception of the second phase of its gas to liquid (GTL) development programme, following the successful conclusion of the technology development phase year.

The company acquired funding to enter the final stage of the programme that will result in a demonstration plant producing 70 bbl/day of synthetic crude.

The project is co-funded by the Dutch Government with a €4.2M grant from its revolving fund ‘Innovatie Krediet’.

Many gas streams are currently too small to be used effectively and therefore wasted into the environment. Examples are waste streams from digesters or landfills and gas flares from upstream oil production or natural gas fields. HyGear is developing a gas to liquid system (GtL), dedicated to convert small-scale gas streams into synthetic crude of up to 70 bbl/day.

HyGear’s GtL plants deliver a solution to create value from waste streams in small-scale, easily transportable and installable mountings. They can convert a wide range of gaseous inlet streams into a crude synthetic oil that can be transported to a central refinery.

The GtL plant is based on the principle of steam reforming, combined with Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

HyGear GTL plant

Source: HyGear

In the steam reforming section, the carbon based waste stream is converted into synthesis gas, which is a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. In the Fischer-Tropsch section, this mixture will react into a mixture of alkanes. The chosen catalyst and process conditions will determine the composition of products, ranging from gasoline to diesel and waxes.

The technology of the GtL plant is based upon HyGear’s proprietary High Heat-flux Reactor designs. HyGear has specific expertise in desulfurization methods and can choose different approaches ranging from pre-adsorption to tailored PSA removal systems.